The UC Davis School of Education is transforming education through preparation of the best education leaders, researchers, and teachers in the country. We are committed to eliminating inequities in schooling and learning opportunities for diverse learners using the power of knowledge and the promise of education.
One World, One UC Davis is you — a global network of people connected to our university. It is the positive impact of our unsung heroes, imaginative research teams and innovative thinkers. What our people share in common is they are transforming lives, celebrating humanity and nature, and inspiring breakthroughs in California and beyond.
In our campaign, we tell the stories about how together, at UC Davis, we are changing our world for the better. Read about some of the School’s unsung heroes, researchers and innovators below and tell us your story.
BernNadette Best-Green: A Better Education Plan
Born in a generation of African American women who deferred many dreams in service to their families, BernNadette Best-Green’s mother had the academic achievements but not the financial means to attend college. Despite hardships, she raised three daughters and a son, encouraging them to earn college and graduate degrees, which they did — an MBA, M.Ed. and J.D. among them. Her mother continues to cheer BernNadette on as she pursues her Ph.D. at the UC Davis School of Education. Read her One UC Davis story here.
Gloria Rodriguez: Each One, Teach One
As a native Californian and daughter of farmworkers, Gloria Rodriguez held a special place in her heart for the UC system. She was always aware that UC Davis was at the forefront of agriculture and many other areas of research, but she never really dreamed she would have the opportunity to teach at the campus. Now as associate professor, she mentors students and junior faculty, particularly people of color like herself. Read her One UC Davis story here.
Rosa Manzo: Mentoring Mexican Parents and Students
Rosa Manzo, PhD candidate, has always wanted to help Mexican Americans have access to education, but she never dreamed she’d be back in her hometown to accomplish the goal.
In Fresno County, she’s developing workshops for immigrant parents so effective that UC Davis has received a $100,000 grant from the Fresno Regional Foundation to expand the model to other county schools.
The Ph.D. student is also mentoring UC Davis students from rural Fresno high schools by encouraging them to follow in her footsteps by going to graduate school. Read her story here.
This Fall 2014 issue of the UC Davis School of Education’s biannual Catalyst magazine highlights the breadth and depth of our research and service, as well as the excellence of our programs and people.